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Student leaders from Forest Hills Northern High School direct the March For Our Lives protest in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday March 24, 2018.

1 in 5 Americans has participated in protests since 2016, study finds

Since 2016, numerous protests and marches have taken place across the country, many of them dealing with issues viewed as being related to President Donald Trump. But just how many Americans are actually protesting, and what do these modern movements look like compared with the protests of 50 years ago? Recently, The Washington Post put out an article detailing a study on this topic.  

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Student senators to participate in Democracy 101 panel

The Grand Valley State University student senate will hold a discussion Wednesday, April 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 0073. The panel is part of the GVSU Community Service Learning Center's Democracy 101 initiative, which consists of biweekly co-curricular lectures, panel discussions and workshops that focus on democratic values and systems

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GVL / Kevin Sielaff - The University Academic Senate (UAS) convenes Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 inside the DeVos Center on Grand Valley's Pew Campus.

UAS approves changes to scholarship definitions for GVSU faculty

Grand Valley State University’s University Academic Senate (UAS) met Friday, April 6, to discuss a motion by the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) regarding scholarship and how it is defined across GVSU colleges. The ECS had been debating this for some time and recently passed the proposal within its own committee. On Friday, at a meeting in the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, the UAS voted in favor of the motion. 

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Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss on Wednesday April 4, 2018.

Grand Rapids Mayor Bliss talks about leadership at GVSU

Grand Valley State University students had the opportunity to learn about effective leadership from the chief of the second-largest city in Michigan. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss spoke at GVSU on Wednesday, April 4, for the Kenneth Venderbush Leadership Keynote. Bliss, who in 2016 became the first woman to become mayor in Grand Rapids, shared advice on believing in others, finding balance and making the most out of transitions in life.

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Student leaders from Forest Hills Northern High School direct the March For Our Lives protest in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday March 24, 2018.

'March for Our Lives' an example of increasing youth activism, GVSU administrators say

Local members of the West Michigan community, including current students, came together at the "March for Our Lives" to call on representatives in Congress to address what they see as ineffective gun-control legislation.  Mark Richards, chair of the political science department at Grand Valley State University, sees the student activism displayed in the "March for Our Lives" as an opportunity to get students more involved in politics and more civically engaged. 

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